The rebuilding of Ground Zero is one of the most architecturally, politically, and emotionally complex urban renewal projects in American history. From the beginning, the effort has been fraught with controversy, delays, and politics. The struggle has encompassed twelve years, nineteen government agencies, and over $20 billion dollars. Aside from the staggering engineering challenges of the site itself, a major complicating factor in the rebuilding of the World Trade Center is the sheer number of interested parties. Some view it as lucrative real estate, others a graveyard. Where some see another Rocefeller Center, others see Gettysburg.
The documentary "16 Acres" directed by Richard Hankin is a 90 minute film exploring the issues of rebuilding on the Ground Zero site. The cost to attend is $12. If you come early, you may also tour the museum. For the museum's last film, there were discount offers on Yelp. The movie is shown on a patio area, so come prepared for the evening chill. Parking is free at the museum. There will be a gourmet hamburger truck available starting at 6:30 PM.
If you woul like to meet for dinner and socialize before the event, I will be at Wahoo's Fish Tacos in Fashion Island at 6:30 PM. The restaurant is located in the lower Atrium Court across from Barnes and Noble. It is a short drive over to the OC Art Museum.